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When was the last time you went to the movies?

You gaze down at your device and watch a few videos, but your thoughts drift off as you flip from video to video, and focus on nothing much at all. The screen is a tiny part of your environment and sound pops and putters along in your headphones as notifications ping, yet more adverts appear, and messages constantly announce their arrival. The impact of sound, vision, and emotion loving crafted into movie-making is lost in the scaled-down and chaotic world of the small screen experience.

In the cinema everyone can hear you scream...

You can't beat the power and experience of a thunderous surround-sound system, a big screen, and total immersion. Sitting in the dark in anticipation with no distractions is an exciting place for your mind to be. Unlike viewing at home, the space and experience is shared and public, which adds an event dimension with audience reaction and a live atmosphere. A movie shown in a cinema is too big to ignore and becomes the total focus - no phones, no channel flipping, and no outside interruptions.

Look up, not down...

The Asylum Cinema aims to encourage the idea of going to real cinemas where the screen is so large you have to look up and take notice. At the Asylum, you can view video in a cinema context and remember how it was in the past, think about how advanced it is now, and hopefully become inspired to revisit the bigger experience and treat yourself to a night at the movies for real - still one of the few shared social events where you really can escape from the world and go to the land of fantasy for a while.

Asylum

The Asylum Cinema may not be a big screen experience, but it is a visual reminder that film-makers would prefer an audience to experience their work in the more dramatic, and purpose built environment of a real cinema - with all the heightened drama and emotion that's impossible to experience in any other place or format.

London : The Asylum Cinema is influenced by the larger cinemas in Leicester Square during the 1970s, the film industries of Wardour Street, and the independent, vibrant, and sometimes racy spirit of Soho during past times with its mix of pubs, clubs, venues, private cinemas, and adult entertainment.

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Broader than Television - Bolder than Hollywood

Repertory Cinema - As with many privately owned movie theaters, the screenings are not so 'Hollywood'. Apart from official trailers, recent releases are not featured - opting instead for films that are classics, alternative, or independent including grindhouse, art-house, film noir & neo-noir, foreign language films, and vintage movies along with modern independent productions.

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Le cinéma : El cine : Das kino : 영화관

Many avoid a film if the dialogue is in a language other than their own, but if you persevere and follow subtitles and the storylines, some truly great films can be found along with fascinating glimpses into other cultures. The same can be said about the more surreal or 'arty' movies as they are often different from the usual formula, which can put some people off, but if you follow your own interpretation and enjoy the visual ideas, you will find films or directors you can personally relate to.

Censorship - You Decide

It's likely the decency standards of most made-for-cinema movies has been rated by official film censorship and rating boards, and some were censored using guidelines that were current at the time of release. However, material in older movies should be considered in the original historical context. Over time, some content or attitudes can become inappropriate for the social values of today. Do we strike-off certain movies, directors, studios, or genres because of this? - or do we accept the past as it was? The freedom to watch something (or not) is left with you.

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Graphics

The outside rendering of the cinema is not an accurate representation of any particular building, but does have visual elements that remember the ghost of the Kensington Odeon.

Foyer is an adapted image of Warwick Cinema foyer in Warwick, Western Australia by Andrew Owens (CC-by-4.0).

Walken Cafe Mural
Photo by Sean Patrick

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Actor. Dancer. Charmer. Badass.

Christopher Walken is one of those charismatic people who carries a sublime air of knowing who they are. He's laid back and unpretentious, but as an actor he can transition through comedy, menace, despair, and unpredictable aggression. American film critic Roger Ebert summed up Walken by concluding that he had "chilling ability to move between easy charm and pure evil".

Many label Walken as eccentric or off-the-wall, but it depends on how you define and compare the rest of Hollywood. Away from the screen an underlying sense of humour indicates that he is not lost in the glitz and glamour of it all. He has his own style for sure and can add believability to his acting roles. His delivery, silences, eye-narrowing, tone, and less animated expression sets him apart from the sometimes formulaic acting style of the big screen. Walken holds back and lets you fill in some of the spaces as he gets to the point.

Walken has the ability to make something out of nothing in smaller roles, and can hold his own in gritty and memorable lead roles. Many of his scenes and characters are remembered by movie fans. In dancing roles, he has all the attributes and skills of a showtime performer and for the most part, he can do it for real.

As Walken sits in a chair at the beginning of the Fatboy Slim Weapon of Choice video he looks right at the camera, except he doesn't. He looks directly at you and silently connects. From this point you are in his head and in his world. This is Christopher Walken.

Shared Playlist

Christopher Walken is the connecting theme of this shared playlist. The music follows the soundtracks of movies he has appeared in (and a few extra tracks), along with movie trailers and other appearances. The music reflects the times and the kind of roles Walken has played.

The music is diverse and includes country, show tunes, hip-hop, blues, Russian folk, surf music, an Italian set from the art house movie The Comfort of Strangers (1990), and a jazz set from the movie Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976).

Many remember his dancing prowess in the aforementioned Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice video (filmed 2000). There's more. Check out the routine in the 1981 movie Pennies From Heaven. Also covered for fun is his connection to the rock band Blue Öyster Cult, and things conclude with some New York style bedtime stories.

PLAY - The Christopher Walken playlist

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Use playlist button at the top of any video to jump to particular tracks, or use the link at the top of each video to view on YouTube.

Music video and movies referenced (some are extra or different to the versions used in the movies):

  • Music Video: Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice (Skint Records 2001)
  • Film Clip: Pennies From Heaven (1981)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Audio: Tommy Dorsey - Sleepy Lagoon
  • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • Music Video: Duran Duran - A View to a Kill (EMI Capitol 1985)
  • Music Video: Grace Jones - Pull Up to the Bumper (Island Records 1981)
  • King of New York (1990)
  • Audio: Schooly-D - Am I Black Enough For You?
  • Audio: Schooly-D - Saturday Night
  • Audio: Party Posse - Strivin'
  • Audio: Vivaldi - Concerto for violin No.3
  • Film Clip: Freddie Jackson -Dream On
  • Audio: Freddie Jackson - Mr Magician
  • Audio: Haywood Gregory - Jim Beam, Jack Daniels & Old Grandad
  • Audio: Haywood Gregory - Who's Been Talking
  • Audio: Haywood Gregory - Hit Man
  • The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Audio: Stars of St. Petersburg - Korobeiniki
  • Audio: Soundtrack - Eternal Memory
  • Audio: Chopin - Nocturne No6
  • Audio: John Williams - Cavatina
  • Film Clip: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Foxy Lady (Miami Pop 1968)
  • Audio: Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  • Audio: Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train to Georgia
  • Film Clip: Waylon Jennings - Good Hearted Woman (Nashville Rebel 1978)
  • Audio: George Jones - Tattletell Eyes
  • Audio: Bobby Bare - Dropkick me, Jesus
  • The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
  • Audio: Teddy Reno - Accarezzame
  • Audio: Nicola Arigliano - Per un Bacio d'Amour
  • Audio: Betty Curtis - Cantando Con Le Lacrime Agli Occhi
  • The Dogs of War (1980)
  • Audio: Soundtrack - Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries
  • Audio: Slim Whitman - When It's Springtime in the Rockies
  • The Dead Zone (1983)
  • Audio: Dave Brubeck - Camptown Races
  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
  • Audio: Dave Brubeck Quartet - Blue Rondo à la Turk
  • Audio: Dave Brubeck Quartet - Three To Get Ready
  • Audio: Dave Brubeck Quartet - For All We Know
  • Audio: Dave Brubeck Quartet - Perdido
  • Audio: Charlie Parker - Confirmation
  • Audio: J.J. Johnson - Yesterdays
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Music Video: Siouxsie And The Banshees - Face To Face (Warner Bros. 1992)
  • Music Video: Rick James - Super Freak (Gordy 1981)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Film Clip: Gold watch monologue
  • Audio: Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell
  • Audio: The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
  • Audio: The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards
  • Audio: Dick Dale - Miserlou
  • Audio: The Centurians - Bullwinkle Pt.II
  • Stand Up Guys (2012)
  • Audio: Baby Huey - Hard Times
  • Audio: Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love
  • Audio: Crookers - Cooler Couleur (feat. Yelle)
  • Audio: Fort Knox Five - Stand Up
  • Audio: Fort Knox Five - Papa was Stoned
  • Audio: Sam & Dave - When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
  • Audio: Charles Bradley - How Long
  • Audio: Leroy Reynolds - Love From Above
  • Audio: James Wilsey - Insomnia
  • Audio: Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man
  • Audio: Bobby Marchan - Get Down With It
  • Audio: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Give It Back
  • Music Video: Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights (Warner Bros. 2012)
  • Audio: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Give It Back
  • Hairspray (2007)
  • Audio: Queen Latifah - Big Blonde, and Beautiful
  • Blue Öyster Cult
  • Film Clip: Blue Öyster Cult cowbell recording
  • TV Clip: Will Farrell - Cowbell Skit
  • Audio: Blue Öyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
  • Seven Psychopaths (2012)
  • Film Clip: Fearless Death
  • Audio: Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra - Ach, da hängt ja der Mond!
  • Audio: Michael Nessmith - Different Drum
  • Chat Show Appearances
  • TV Clip: Reading of Poker Face by Lady GaGa
  • TV Clip: Reading of Three Little Pigs

Matt Sheen 31 March MMXXI
(Happy Birthday and Best Wishes to Christopher Walken)
mattsheen (at) webstar.tv

PLAY - The Christopher Walken playlist

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SCREEN 4 - RETRO REVIEW

The Song Remains The Same (1973)


A music film made for cinema featuring Led Zeppelin in concert. Features a review and related playlist (full film is not included)

VIEW - Review and Playlist

THE CUTTING ROOMS

From Censorship to Classification


This playlist is about how films were assessed before release to the public, and includes the history of the transition from censorship to classification in the UK, along with some of the key people involved, and the movies and directors who tested just how far they could go. There is also a look at film censorship in the USA and pre-code Hollywood.

See playlist for shared by details

PLAY - The history of film censorship playlist

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The Art of Sound


This playlist takes a look at the various sound and cinema systems, the work of sound designers and sound effect artists, and the way sound can enhance the viewer experience. Includes related trailers, and links to official websites and more video.

Includes sound artists who worked on Star Wars, Blade Runner, Ex Machina, Twin Peaks, and many more including the latest sound focussed movie A Quiet Place. Involuntary physical reactions and visual association to sound are explored, along with the way the visual and audio elements work together to enhance or divert reality.

PLAY - The sound magic of cinema

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